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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Bringing Big Band Swing & Style to Start Performing Arts Series
September 30, 2011
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater will
be transformed into one of America's great concert halls when Big
Bad Voodoo Daddy brings the big band sounds of Cab Calloway, Benny
Goodman and Count Basie to town for a spectacular show that kicks
off the college's 2011-12 Performing Arts Series.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Friday, October 7 - 8
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series
Tickets: $23-$27 for adults and $20 for students.
There are discounts for
purchasing tickets for multiple Performing Arts Series
Seating is reserved. Purchase or reserve
tickets through the Hatfield Hall
ticket office by calling (812) 877-8544 or
visiting from 1-5 p.m. weekdays
and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Learn more about other Performing Arts Series shows
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) carries on the tradition of the
legendary big bands and orchestras, and is committed to the swing
era lifestyle, with classic suit and fedora styling and gentlemanly
demeanor. The group has become one of the most popular
touring bands on the road today, performing over 100 concerts each
Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary
residency at Los Angeles' Brown Derby nightclub, BBVD's
irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive
approach has proven them over time to be the singular standout
among the numerous bands that launched the 90's swing
revival. The nine-man group forged a massively successful
fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and
big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance
tunes, and, 16 years later, BBVD is a veteran force that to this
day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play.
BBVD's originals thrust the group into its first phase of
stardom, when "You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)"
and "Go Daddy-O" were featured in the 1996 independent film
landmark "Swingers." The group, named famously after an
autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, sold more than two
million copies of the albums Americana Deluxe and This Beautiful
Life, while the band's music has appeared in over 60 movies and
television shows. With their 2003 New Orleans-inspired album
Save My Soul, BBVD began playing in theaters and performing arts
centers, like Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall. The band's career
milestones have included appearances in the Super Bowl halftime
show, writing theme music for ESPN and network television, and
performing for three American presidents.
And now, BBVD's songs have passed into the classic American
songbook, playing alongside pop standard songs in film and
television, and even on reality competitions like "Dancing With the
Fans span generations, filling concert halls around the country
for shows that transport them back to a more wholesome, optimistic
period. In fact, young adult fans regularly show up dressed
in '40s-era outfits and dance sophisticated swing routines.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's eighth studio album, "How Big Can You
Get?," captures the essence of an American icon, Calloway, in a
rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts
and fun. It's also brings a high-voltage jolt of winning, feel-good
energy to a country slogging through tough times that may be
getting tougher . . . exactly the way that Calloway's music did in
the Depression-era America of his own youth.
"Making the album was one of our biggest musical moments,"
stated lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Scotty Morris in a
press release for the album's release. He co-founded the
group with drummer Kurt Sodergren in southern California. "I
couldn't be more proud that this is the album we've made at this
Learn more about BBVD and listen to their music at www.bbvd.com/theatre_home.html.